A real plush with its long and soft coat, the Coton de Tulear is a ball of love that is very attached to its owners. Difficult to resist his charm and intelligence. As it is categorized as a pleasure and companion dog, it will be perfect for families.
Characteristics of Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a small, short-legged dog with an inconspicuous withers, a muscular, short and oblique croup, a developed chest and a slightly raised belly. It is longer than it is tall. A male measures between 26 and 28 cm and weighs between 4 and 6 kg and a female measures between 23 and 25 cm for a weight between 3.5 and 5 kg. As its name implies, the Coton de Tulear has a cottony, supple, abundant and dense coat with sometimes slight waves. The standard only admits a white background color.
The animal develops a triangular head, with a broad skull and a slightly accentuated stop. The muzzle is straight and the cheeks are dry. The dog has round, wide, dark eyes as well as triangular ears, set high and drooping.
History of the Coton de Tulear breed
Coton de Tulear is native to Madagascar, an island off the Indian Ocean. Its true story is still rather unclear. But it was accepted that the breed descended from the Bichons. This breed has not known all happy days. It almost disappeared from Madagascar because of an important traffic which developed in the 80s. The recognition of the breed took place in 1970 and France is the custodian of the standard. Moreover, the best specimens are found in France.
Necessary living conditions and behavior of Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a very easy-going animal. It can adapt to all environments. He is known to be cheerful and affectionate. He is also spontaneous and very playful, which is why he will delight children, even the youngest. Its small size makes it harmless unlike large dogs who are not always aware of their strength when playing with children. The Coton de Tulear is an animal that does not appreciate solitude or strangers. He also needs a firm education as he is a cunning dog who easily knows how to get what he wants. On the other hand, as he is very intelligent, he can quickly learn orders.
Diet and main health problems of Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a dog in excellent health. It is robust and can live between 14 and 16 years. But beware of the risk of allergies which are the cause of severe itching and which can lead to bacterial infections in the long term. You must also be careful to maintain your coat with regular brushing.
To guarantee it a long and healthy life, it is advisable to provide it with a healthy and balanced diet which can be household or industrial. It is advisable to always combine dry and wet foods to avoid possible kidney problems.
Price of a Coton de Tulear dog or puppy
- Male Coton de Tulear price: € 1,000
- Price Coton de Tulear female: € 1,100